Biden welcomes Pacific Island leaders


Biden administration officials have watched Chinese leaders flex their military and economic power in the Indo-Pacific region. Thus, they are trying to pull the island rulers to their side of the Pacific.

On Thursday, President Joe Biden welcomed delegates from more than a dozen nations to the White House for the first time.

He also released his Pacific Partnership Strategy, which promises to help them fight climate change, bolster their security and fend off “economic coercion” from China. He said security in the Pacific was “more critical than ever” – for the islanders themselves, for the United States and for the rest of the world.

The United States plans to open embassies in Solomon Islands, Tonga and Kiribati. The authorities have announced additional aid of more than 800 million dollars.

Some leaders in the region, however, resisted.

Earlier this year, the Solomon Islands signed a security pact with China, strengthening cooperation in trade and education.

Last week, the Marshall Islands pulled out of talks with US negotiators on a strategic partnership. He referred to US testing of nuclear weapons in the territory during the 1940s and 1950s. He said Americans had failed to reverse the damage done to their health, environment and economy.


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